Sensibly, American Medical Alert Corp. (AMAC)’s press release announcing its new medication dispensing device starts by stating the huge problem of medication non-compliance. (“Medication non-compliance is becoming one of the most expensive and deadly problems in healthcare today. Hospital costs due to patient non-compliance are estimated at $8.5 billion annually. And with more than 300,000 deaths annually resulting from non-compliance…) This is a message co-incidently reinforced in a BMJ article this week by Carl May, Victor M Montori, and Frances S Mair: We need minimally disruptive medicine. (Summary only, except to subscribers.)
So how does the AMAC device improve on the other medication reminder systems available?
Although this article is about nurses in hospitals, it should stimulate thinking about involving community nurses in the design and development of remote patient monitoring devices. Item from Nurse.com.
Jump on the bandwagon by laying out just $10,000 for a pendant alarm franchise operation. eMed-ID Franchising leads the way with single-cost packages, with a number of up-sell opportunities. See this press release. [Comment: I sense that the parent company… Read moreEmergency medical device franchise launches eMed-Alert
According to Gartner’s 2009 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report, human augmentation, mobile robots and home health monitoring are technologies that should now be emerging onto the “slope of enlightenment”. BBC blog: Has Twitter’s popularity peaked?